Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of April 2018

2018

April 4-5: Valparaiso Jazz Festival, Valparaiso, IN, with Don at Guest Soloist with the Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble

April 8: Jazz in the Loft, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), with the Don Braden Quartet, with Art Hirahara - piano, , Kenny Davis - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums. Earth Wind and Wonder CD Pre-Release Party!

April 12: Byram Shubert Public Library, Greenwich, CT, with the Peter Hand Quintet

April 16-20: Thelonius Monk Peer-to-Peer Tour (Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD), Don featured with the Thelonious Monk Jazz Ambassadors.

April 20: Fernson on 8th, Sioux Falls, SD, Don featured with the Thelonious Monk Jazz Ambassadors.

April 25: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

April 28: Don is proud to be the Music Director of Bright Moments, Celebrating Dorthaan at 80, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. Featuring  Jimmy Heath, Cassandra WIlson and many others.

MAY 4: CD RELEASE: EARTH WIND & WONDER!

May 10, Good Times Jazz Bar, Don featured with the Howard Paul Quartet

May 11, Rancho Allegre, Don featured with Jody Espina, et al.

May 14, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jimmy Madison on drums.

May 23: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, with the Don Braden Quartet, with Brandon McCune - piano, Kenny Davis - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums. Earth Wind and Wonder CD Release Celebration!

June 2: Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA with the Don Braden Quartet, with Brandon McCune - piano, TBA - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums. Earth Wind and Wonder CD Release Celebration!

June 15: Calvary Baptist Church, Garfield NJ, Father's Day Celebration with the Don Braden Quartet, with Brandon McCune - piano, Kenny Davis - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums.

June 25-29: Don is proud to be the Music Director of the 3rd Annual Texas Jazz and Blues Camp

July 1 - July 27: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame.  E-mail info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860)361-6285 for more info.

July 14: Warwick Town Center, Warwick, NY, with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k).

July 17: Westfield Jazz Festival, Westfield NJ, with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k).

July 21: Small's Jazz Club, NYC, with the Valery Ponomarev Quintet

July 23: Hartford Jazz Society Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series, Hartford, CT, with the Laszlo Gardony Sextet

August 16-19: Don is Special Guest Instructor at the Jazzworks Jazz Camp, Canada.

August 23-25: Performances in Russia with Eugene Ryaboy (drums), Joris Teepe (bass) and Vanessa Rubin (vocals)

October 2017: European Tour with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute). See www.JorisTeepe.com for more info.
Tour Dates TBA

October 8-12: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

October 28: Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, with the Don Braden Quartet, presenting the Earth Wind and Wonder repertoire.

December 5: WBGO's Free Lunchtime Concert at Gateway 2, with the Don Braden Quartet, presenting the Earth Wind and Wonder repertoire.


2019

March 11-15: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

March 2019: European Tour with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute). See www.JorisTeepe.com for more info.
Tour Dates TBA

Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote/Chulo Gatewood/Mark Peterson - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)